The Blast

January 18, 2010, 12:38 pm
Filed under: photography

via The Impossible Cool


The Third and The Seventh
January 12, 2010, 8:45 am
Filed under: art, video

This short film, by Alex Ronan, is absolutely jaw-dropping. That it is completely done in cgi, and that he composed the score, makes it all the more impressive.

Check it out below, or watch it in HD here.

via Phil Coffman’s excellent blog

The Known Universe
January 10, 2010, 4:41 pm
Filed under: science, space, video

Very cool video from the American Museum of Natural History of the known universe.

Watch it larger here

via Curved White

Corporate Sponsorship Gets Another Weird Name…
January 9, 2010, 4:47 pm
Filed under: dc, music

The former Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA will no longer have the Nissan name attached to it. Evidently, Nissan’s contract with LiveNation for naming rights expired.

So what took it’s place?

Jiffy Lube Live

Frankly, I stopped letting the corporate-naming-rights-thing for sports and music arenas bother me a while ago, but in this case, I do wish that Nissan stuck it out a while longer.

via DCist

On the Best Music of the Decade: The New Yorker
December 11, 2009, 8:41 pm
Filed under: music

Sasha Frere-Jones sums up the past decade in music more succinctly than anywhere else:

If you’re reading this, you know what happened in the aughts. Radiohead was really good. OutKast was really good. Beyoncé got it right. The Strokes changed the sound of indie bands (or at least some of them, and for a long time). People stopped saying “electronica.” The South was responsible for an enormous amount of great hip-hop. Indie bands started singing way up high. Lots of these bands slowed down and caught the wet noodles, until they found machines and sped up again. R. & B. remained open-minded long after the moment when teen pop got stuck in some tepid fondue of Auto-Tune and laptop guitars. (Gross!) Nashville pop remained reliable (it helps when you have hundreds of songwriters on the job), though the goods drooped slightly in quality after 2008, and most of this country activity went unnoticed in magazines and blogs anyway. Metal experienced a resurgence in ideas and numbers toward the end of the decade. MP3s either destroyed everything or made everything possible. (I haven’t finished reading all the trend pieces, so I’ll get back to you on that.)

Count me in the camp that says that MP3s not only made everything possible, but also saved what mattered in music. More on music and commerce in today’s world on another post.

December 1, 2009, 9:13 pm
Filed under: humor


via Unplggd

Sunday Routine – Surfing and Fries
November 15, 2009, 12:12 pm
Filed under: nyc

The New York Times has a profile of Steve Rodriguez, a skateboarding advocate that sells his own boards and other skateboarding equipment through his company, 5boro.

Here’s how he and his wife start their Sunday mornings:

SWEET We go surfing. We are in the water literally about two hours. If it’s nicer out, you lose track of time and stay in the water longer. If not, you come out. It’s awesome. It’s literally unbelievable. The West Village is this urban center and less than an hour later, I’m on almost a private beach.

IN THIS WEATHER? Not if it’s below 45. We have a checklist: A bag with the gloves and the hoods and the wetsuits, water, towels and a banana.

CARB BREAK On the way back after surfing — this sounds bad — we love getting McDonald’s. McDonald’s fries. You are cold after you surf and you want to eat something warm.

Jaloux c’est moi.